August 7, 2012
A Russian state prosecutor asked a Moscow court on Tuesday to impose three-year jail sentences on three women from the Pussy Riot punk band who performed a “punk prayer” in a church.
“The actions of the accomplices clearly show religious hatred and enmity,” state prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov said in closing arguments. “Using swear words in a church is an abuse of God.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, face up to seven years in jail for storming the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral in February and belting out a “punk prayer” calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin.
Madonna urged Russia not to jail the three women while jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky likened their trial to a medieval inquisition
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